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Implications of Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Combining Flexibility and Control: Managing the 'Complexity Hell'

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OS groups are under pressure to provision and maintain multiple versions and variants of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other OS platforms — but, today that achieves flexibility at the expense of control. Application, middleware, security and other specialized requirements spawn new platform variants that create “complexity hell,” making ongoing management a major challenge. It leads to duplicate effort in maintaining common OS components, inefficient and fragile update and patching, and transparency issues that put compliance at risk. In an age of flat or declining resources and pressure for customization, today’s management models no longer work.

In an upcoming webinar sponsored by rPath, an innovator in automating application deployment and maintenance, some of the foremost Linux innovators will discuss what it takes to achieve flexibility and control in low-cost and scalable management of diverse Linux-based systems. All attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion by asking questions during the event and by posting to Twitter via #ManagingLinux.



“Combining Flexibility and Control: Managing the 'Complexity Hell' of Customized Linux Platforms” webinar


Erik Troan, founder and CTO, rPath, and first engineer and former VP of engineering at Red Hat; Lee Thompson, DTO Solutions consultant and former chief technologist at E*TRADE FINANCIAL; Bryan Richard, editor-in-chief, Linux Magazine



Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Pacific time)


Register for this free event at http://bit.ly/5w8Bex.


Attendees will learn:

  • The organizational pressures forcing a managed model for Linux customizations
  • How to create hierarchical system definitions that combine standardization and customization
  • The importance of system version control in managing the lifecycle of platform variants
  • The management implications of virtualization and cloud computing
  • Innovative, real-world practices for scalable, low-overhead Linux management

All registrants will receive complimentary copies of:

  • “Rethinking Application Delivery in the Age of Complexity,” by Erik Troan for The Cutter Consortium
  • “Combining Flexibility and Control: A New Model for OS/Platform Management”

For more information on rPath, please visit http://www.rpath.com. For additional perspectives, please visit and subscribe to rPath RSS blog feeds at http://blogs.rpath.com/wpmu/, and follow rPath on Twitter at @rpath.

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rPath website: http://www.rpath.com

rPath blog: http://blogs.rpath.com/wpmu/

rPath on Twitter: @rPath

rPath press releases and commentaries: http://www.rpath.com/corp/news-and-events

rPath videos and podcasts: http://www.rpath.com/corp/audio-and-video

rPath Cloud Computing Adoption Model: http://www.rpath.com/corp/cloud-adoption-model

rPath Knowledge Center: http://www.rpath.com/corp/browse-resources

rPath webinars: http://www.rpath.com/corp/webinar

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